www and non www canonicalization question

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www and non www canonicalization question
« on: 10-04-2011, 12:16:56 »
Hey guys, the whole “www and non www” issue is somewhat confusing to me… Actually, I don’t get it at all. :) It seems all websites are accessible by typing in www or non www so how do I know if I’m having canonicalization issues with my site? Also, I just noticed today that when I login to Google webmaster tools it now has TWO sites listed for my site (a www and a non www version) I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not, but I feel like its bad.
 
Here is our site sheffieldfurniture.com
 
Thanks to anyone that can help shed some light on this subject!
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Re: www and non www canonicalization question
« Reply #1 on: 10-04-2011, 23:56:54 »
Many people have the same problem, but you can use 301 orientation to let a url point to the more traffic url.

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Re: www and non www canonicalization question
« Reply #2 on: 10-05-2011, 12:36:55 »
Well both your URLs (www and non www) are opening the same page and you might get penalized for duplicate content. Yes, it is a bad practice to keep two versions of the same thing.
Choose the URL you prefer to keep and use a 301 redirect to the preferred page which makes it easier for Google to know which URL is canonical.
Refer to this link for canonicalization queries
http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/seo-advice-url-canonicalization/
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Re: www and non www canonicalization question
« Reply #3 on: 06-05-2012, 07:43:06 »
 Hi everyone,

Well both your URLs (www and non www) are opening the same page and you might get penalized for duplicate content. Yes, it is a bad practice to keep two versions of the same thing.

Choose the URL you prefer to keep and use a 301 redirect to the preferred page which makes it easier for Google to know which URL is canonical.

Thanks a lot
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Re: www and non www canonicalization question
« Reply #4 on: 06-05-2012, 23:29:00 »
Redirect 301 is the best option otherwise your site penalized by Google.Many webmaster doesn't give any importance towards that issue and result is 0....


 

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